Photo of the Day: Sargsyan – Berdimuhamedov meeting in Yerevan

Meeting of Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan with his counterpart from Turkmenistan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov

Meeting of Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan with his counterpart from Turkmenistan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov

This photo is so telling… with the members of the Turkmenistan delegation carefully writing down everything, while the Armenian officials look like they don’t give a damn.

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2 thoughts on “Photo of the Day: Sargsyan – Berdimuhamedov meeting in Yerevan

  1. I read this photo entirely differently. The Turkmen officials are putting on a show, just as it seems to be a regular aspect of public life in Turkmenistant. See, for example, this news report from a few years ago – https://youtu.be/GIYeGcjHuIs?t=1m30s.

    Isn’t it rather unnatural to have your president speak to you via video-conference, and you are taking down notes with pen and paper? I speculate that the officials are just jotting down random things or doodling. I don’t take this to be a sign of attention, but of disorganisation, artificiality, or flattery.

    I cannot say how attentive or diligent the Armenian officials generally are, but for a public protocol meeting like this, for the press, their behaviour seems much more natural to me. If they went to a private meeting with a senior or lower bureaucrat to discuss some public issue and then did not come with notes or did not take notes, I would be more worried.

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